2011-11-26

Injunction seeks to prevent pointless destruction of land

The Tsilhqot'in Nation will seek Monday to protect a prized area of its territories from being damaged by exploration work based on permits that were granted in breach of the Crown's consultation obligations for a mining proposal that has already been rejected in an extensive and independent environmental assessment.

Taseko Mines Ltd argued in court earlier this month when the injunctions battle began that it would be doing work on an area that is already dead because of the pine beetle. In fact, however, the Little Fish Lake area that is the target of planned roads and drilling is a vibrant, thriving area.

"The Tsilhqot'in are seeking an injunction to prevent exploration work from proceeding, and we have a separate application before the courts for a judicial review of the BC permits granted for the work, which we believe were illegal and must be revoked or suspended," said Tsilhqot'in Tribal Chair Joe Alphonse.